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3 Easy-to-make Patriotic Cards!

Greetings, Friends! Memorial Day and 4th of July will be coming before we know it, how is that possible? It seems as if we JUST celebrated Christmas. This only means one thing, we’d all better get busy crafting in advance! Fortunately, for us, Kathleen has new stamp sets that make this a breeze!

It’s Hannah, by the way, intrepid Design Team Member for Kat Scrappiness. Today I’m sharing you 3 variations on the same card, these options will make your celebratory card making a snap! AND, if you’re mass producing it will provide you with a break from making the exact same card over and over again!

I created these three similar cards using my stamping platform and 2 of Kat’s new stamp sets! The Everyday Brush Strokes set, and Swatches. Additionally, I thought that the Stitched Postage Stamp Rectangle Dies would finish these cards off to perfection while helping to give the Americana look I was looking for.

To start, I lined up one of the brush stroke stamps and the star, from the above-listed stamp sets onto my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. There are a lot of stamping platforms on the market, but in my opinion, the Tim Holtz one is superior for this project because it allowed me to shift my cardstock as much as I needed, without the worry that my paper would run off the platform. LOVE that option on this tool!

For this card, I embossed the stars and the stripes with Versamark Ink and WOW! Clear Embossing Powder! Then I lightly dusted Distress Inks over the embossing. I believe I used Candied Apple for the red, and Salty Ocean. I used a finger dauber, and made sure that I first brushed it off after I touched it to my pad each time, this helps ensure no harsh lines. Once that was done I took a clean paper towel and burnished off any ink from the embossing, this cleaned up that area and made it shine!

For this card, I used the same Distress Inks but just stamped the inked images directly onto my cardstock. YUP, if you didn’t know, you can stamp using Distress Inks! That was all there was, easy peasy!

Where the other cards were stamped onto Neenah Solar White Cardstock, I stamped the Distress Inks directly onto Watercolor Paper, this time. Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper to be exact. Just like the card before this, I stamped my Distress Ink directly onto the paper. Once my stamping was done I took a wet paintbrush and just carefully ran it over the inked portions of the card.

I adhered my card front to the base using EK Tools Adhesive Foam Strips, the added bulk provided just the extra finishing touch these CAS cards needed!

I used the same stamps, the same set up on my stamping platform, the same dies, and the same inks to achieve 3 different looks. Isn’t it remarkable how flexible our crafting products are? I think that is one of the reasons why I just ADORE paper crafting so much!

If you’re interested in any of the products I used, specifically the Kat Scrappiness ones, please see the list below! You’re welcome to use the discount code HANNAH10 for 10% off!

This has been Hannah Rubenstahl of Fanciful Spaces, and creating these cards to inspire you has been a joy! Have a great day!

Products used on these cards:

Swatches 3×4 Stamp Set by Kat Scrappiness
Everyday Brush Strokes Stamp Set by Kat Scrappiness
Stitched Postage Stamp Edge Rectangle Dies by Kat Scrappiness
Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
Versamark Ink
WOW! Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Inks
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock in 80 and 110lb
Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
EK Tools Adhesive Foam Strips

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